British Masters 2020: Form stats ahead of this week's European Tour event in north-east England

British Masters 2020 at Close House
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Close House, near Newcastle, stages the British Masters for a second time this week and Andy Swales is here with all the key form stats...

"Ross Fisher should feel at home in this landscape. The experienced 39-year-old from Ascot, the world No 174, was another pro to start the calendar year in good shape, thanks to a trio of top-10s in the Middle East."

The rolling countryside of Northumberland welcomes the European Tour for this week's British Masters.

Starting Wednesday, the tournament will be the first of six events to be staged in either England or Wales over the next 40 days.

Located 10 miles west of Newcastle city centre, Close House Golf Club will be making its second appearance on the European Tour, having hosted the same event in 2017.

Although it can hardly be described as a bumper field, the quality of entry is certainly a handful of notches higher than for the two events played in Austria during recent weeks.

Venue for this week's gathering is The Colt Course, opened in 2011 and named in honour of famous English architect Harry Colt whose many designs include the West Course at Wentworth.

The course is laid out in almost 200 acres of rural countryside, and sits between the River Tyne and Hadrian's Wall.

Birdie fest

When the British Masters was played here three years ago, this shortish course yielded plenty of low scores.

Fourteen golfers broke 270 for 72 holes, with champion Paul Dunne firing 260.

Back then Dunne was a relatively new pro, much heralded following a successful amateur career when he represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup, and also led The Open Championship after 54 holes in 2015.

But after making a bright start to professional life, the Irishman's fortunes suffered a sharp downturn and he is currently ranked 476 in the world - he was once No 65.

Maybe a return to Close House can revive some good vibes and inspire him when the tournament starts on Wednesday morning.

Approximately one-third of those teeing-up sampled the course three years ago when the Masters was held there in late September.

Westwood returns to action

For a number of players, including tournament host Lee Westwood, this will be their first post-lockdown event.

Westwood was probably more frustrated than most when the PGA and European tours took an extended break in March, following his strong start to 2020 that had yielded a victory in Abu Dhabi and a tie-for-fourth at the Honda Classic in Florida.

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Others taking their first tentative steps this week include Eddie Pepperell, Pablo Larrazabal and Ross Fisher who should feel at home in this landscape.

The experienced 39-year-old from Ascot, the world No 174, was another pro to start the calendar year in good shape, thanks to a trio of top-10s in the Middle East.

It just depends on how much practising and physical training Fisher has done recently, as to whether he has a fighting chance this week.

South Africans make the journey

The British Masters will also be the first event, for over four months, for a number of South Africans.

These include Justin Harding, Brandon Stone, Dean Burmester, Zander Lombard and 26-year-old JC Ritchie who successfully defended the Limpopo Championship in February, on Southern Africa's Sunshine Tour.

And for those who have already loosened their muscles by competing in Austria, then Adri Arnaus and Thomas Detry may enjoy an advantage over the rest of the field.

Both are ranked just outside the top 100 and have been close, during the past couple of years, to breaking their ducks on the European Tour.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24 W10 W9 W8 W7
Lee Westwood MC 4 22
Eddie Pepperell Dq
Marcus Kinhult 14 7 69
Adri Arnaus 11 62 MC MC
Andrea Pavan MC 73 MC
Thomas Detry 8 17 36
Justin Harding 28 MC 29
JC Ritchie 32 5
Romain Langasque 38 MC
Francesco Laporta 57 55 MC
Min Woo Lee MC MC
Guido Migliozzi MC 4
Andy Sullivan 21 MC*
Ryan Fox MC 29
Calum Hill MC 54
Sami Valimaki MC MC 38 1
Mikko Korhonen MC 4
Jordan Smith 38 6
Pablo Larrazabal 7 65 64
Scott Vincent 18 25 26 MC
Ross Fisher 53 10
Brandon Stone 44 2 10 MC
Jason Scrivener MC 21 MC
Dean Burmester 53 67 11
Jack Senior 17 MC
Matthew Southgate MC MC
Kalle Samooja 3 30
Rasmus Hojgaard MC 6
Matthew Jordan 28 18
Andrew Johnston
Zander Lombard 28 25 26
Joachim B Hansen MC MC
Antoine Rozner 44 53 10
John Catlin 43 8 MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura 53 MC
Darius Van Driel 4 MC 36
Scott Jamieson 12 MC
Sam Horsfield MC MC
Richie Ramsay 53 MC
Aaron Rai MC MC
Alexander Bjork 20 6 MC
Maverick Antcliff MC 43
Wil Besseling 3 MC
Jeff Winther 3 50
Adrian Meronk MC MC 54
Renato Paratore 15 47 MC*
Louis De Jager 36 30 8
Connor Syme 4 MC 10
Steven Brown 47 60
Robin Roussel 62 MC 18
Julian Suri
Chris Paisley 7 43
Richard Bland 54
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 4 MC MC
Scott Hend Wd 67 65
Sean Crocker 61 71
Joel Sjoholm MC 44 62
Johannes Veerman MC 60
David Drysdale 2 MC
Oliver Farr 47 MC
Jake McLeod MC MC 45
Nacho Elvira MC MC
Matthieu Pavon 21 MC
Grant Forrest MC 10
Adrian Otaegui MC 30
Cormac Sharvin 66 36
Adrien Saddier 18 12 3
Marc Warren 1
Oliver Wilson MC MC
Ricardo Santos MC MC
Niklas Lemke 3 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 3 MC MC 67
Rhys Enoch MC MC 19 11
Jack Singh Brar MC 67
Callum Shinkwin 25
Bryce Easton MC* MC
Justin Walters MC 30 MC
Edoardo Molinari Dq 50
Sihwan Kim 38 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC
Oscar Lengden 13 8 5 11
Ewen Ferguson MC MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC
Alexander Levy MC 43
Soren Kjeldsen 44 43
Marcus Armitage 12 36
Haydn Porteous Wd 47 2 35
Ashley Chesters MC 50
Lars Van Meijel MC 28 62
Robert Rock 66 36
Ross McGowan Wd MC MC
Hugo Leon MC MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC 44 53 54 MC
Dale Whitnell MC MC MC
Gregory Havret 66 MC
Daan Huizing MC 25 11
David Law MC MC
Lorenzo Scalise MC 72 19
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC MC 42
Ben Stow MC 54 MC
Paul Dunne
Benjamin Poke 17 72
Clement Sordet 72 10 42
Jamie Donaldson MC 50
Oliver Fisher 47 MC
Rikard Karlberg 24 34 MC 36
Maximilian Kieffer 55 53 30
Alejandro Canizares 28 6
Steven Tiley MC MC MC
James Morrison 21 54
Romain Wattel
Miguel Angel Jimenez 8
Laurie Canter 61 MC MC
Dave Horsey 72 MC
Lee Slattery MC*
Gavin Moynihan MC 55 MC
Liam Johnston MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano
Dave Coupland 47 MC
Toby Tree 61 MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC 30
Julien Guerrier 66 MC
Michael Campbell MC
Aaron Cockerill MC 62
Ben Evans MC
Eduardo De La Riva MC 34
Thomas Bjorn
Garrick Porteous MC MC
Carlos Pigem 23 53 MC
Calum Fyfe
Pedro Figueiredo MC 66 MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC
David Howell Wd MC
Jens Fahrbring MC 44 MC
Paul Lawrie MC MC
Graeme Storm MC MC
Pedro Oriol 32 39 MC
Bailey Gill MC
Michael Bullen
Andrew Willey
Jason Levermore
Player 2017
Lee Westwood 15
Eddie Pepperell MC
Marcus Kinhult
Adri Arnaus
Andrea Pavan
Thomas Detry
Justin Harding
JC Ritchie
Romain Langasque MC
Francesco Laporta
Min Woo Lee
Guido Migliozzi
Andy Sullivan 44
Ryan Fox
Calum Hill
Sami Valimaki
Mikko Korhonen 20
Jordan Smith MC
Pablo Larrazabal 26
Scott Vincent
Ross Fisher MC
Brandon Stone 31
Jason Scrivener MC
Dean Burmester MC
Jack Senior
Matthew Southgate
Kalle Samooja
Rasmus Hojgaard
Matthew Jordan
Andrew Johnston
Zander Lombard
Joachim B Hansen
Antoine Rozner
John Catlin
Masahiro Kawamura
Darius Van Driel
Scott Jamieson 31
Sam Horsfield
Richie Ramsay 8
Aaron Rai 52
Alexander Bjork
Maverick Antcliff
Wil Besseling
Jeff Winther
Adrian Meronk
Renato Paratore MC
Louis De Jager
Connor Syme
Steven Brown
Robin Roussel
Julian Suri
Chris Paisley MC
Richard Bland MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Scott Hend MC
Sean Crocker
Joel Sjoholm
Johannes Veerman
David Drysdale 44
Oliver Farr
Jake McLeod
Nacho Elvira 11
Matthieu Pavon
Grant Forrest
Adrian Otaegui 31
Cormac Sharvin
Adrien Saddier
Marc Warren 15
Oliver Wilson
Ricardo Santos
Niklas Lemke
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Rhys Enoch
Jack Singh Brar
Callum Shinkwin
Bryce Easton
Justin Walters MC
Edoardo Molinari MC
Sihwan Kim
Alvaro Quiros MC
Oscar Lengden
Ewen Ferguson
Tapio Pulkkanen
Alexander Levy 44
Soren Kjeldsen
Marcus Armitage MC
Haydn Porteous MC
Ashley Chesters 52
Lars Van Meijel
Robert Rock 37
Ross McGowan
Hugo Leon
Nicolai Hojgaard
Dale Whitnell
Gregory Havret 26
Daan Huizing
David Law
Lorenzo Scalise
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Ben Stow
Paul Dunne 1
Benjamin Poke
Clement Sordet
Jamie Donaldson 37
Oliver Fisher 60
Rikard Karlberg MC
Maximilian Kieffer
Alejandro Canizares 60
Steven Tiley
James Morrison MC
Romain Wattel
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC
Laurie Canter 52
Dave Horsey 31
Lee Slattery 31
Gavin Moynihan
Liam Johnston
Jonathan Caldwell
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano
Dave Coupland
Toby Tree
Richard McEvoy
Julien Guerrier
Michael Campbell
Aaron Cockerill
Ben Evans
Eduardo De La Riva 44
Thomas Bjorn
Garrick Porteous
Carlos Pigem
Calum Fyfe
Pedro Figueiredo
Raphael Jacquelin MC
David Howell
Jens Fahrbring MC
Paul Lawrie
Graeme Storm 4
Pedro Oriol
Bailey Gill
Michael Bullen
Andrew Willey
Jason Levermore

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